Nuisance Aquatic Plant ID

Successful control starts with positive ID

Left unmanaged, some of Missouri's aquatic plants can become nuisances in ponds. Before applying control measures, browse this list of common water plants to identify which ones are causing problems in your pond.

Once you've identified the offenders, browse our Aquatic Vegetation Management section listed under Related Information below for technical guides that show you how to control them.

American lotus


Chara (muskgrass, stonewort)

Coontail (hornwort, coon's tail)

Duckweeds (watermeal)

Filamentous algae (moss, pond scum)


Naiads (water nymphs, waterweeds)


Water lilies

Water milfoils

Water primrose

Water shield

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